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Famous Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

This list features graduates like Michael Vick and Jayma Mays.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University?” and “Which celebrities are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University alumni?”
  • Michael Vick1

    Michael Vick

    Spokesperson, American football player



    Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played...  more

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  • Alex Sánchez2

    Alex Sánchez

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    Alex Sánchez (born 1957) is a Mexican American author of award-winning novels for teens and...  more
  • Jayma Mays3

    Jayma Mays

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceBristol, Tennessee, USA

    Jamia Suzette "Jayma" Mays (born July 16, 1979) is an American actress and singer. She is...  more

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  • Charles Camarda4

    Charles Camarda

    Astronaut, Aerospace Engineering


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Charles Joseph "Charlie" Camarda (born May 8, 1952 in Queens, New York) is an American...  more
  • Ben Taylor5

    Ben Taylor

    American football player


    BirthplaceBellaire, Ohio

    Benjamin Frazier Taylor (born August 31, 1978) is a former professional American football...  more
  • Seung-Hui Cho6
    Seung-Hui Cho (조승희 in Korean, properly Cho Seung-Hui; January 18, 1984 – April 16, 2007) was a...  more
  • Tony McNulty7

    Tony McNulty



    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Anthony James McNulty (born 3 November 1958) is a British politician who was the Labour Member...  more
  • Jeff Allen8

    Jeff Allen

    Basketball player, Athlete


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Jeff Allen is a professional basketball player....  more
  • Edward J. Laurent9

    Edward J. Laurent

    Database manager, Editor
    Ed Laurent is a Spatial Ecologist who develops and delivers collaborative, science-based...  more
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    BirthplaceAltavista, Virginia

    Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator....  more
  • Trey Sheldon11
  • John A. White Jr.12

    John A. White Jr.



    John Austin White, Jr, Ph.D., P.E. was the fourth chancellor of the University of Arkansas. He...  more
  • Homer Hickam13

    Homer Hickam

    Author, Writer


    BirthplaceCoalwood, West Virginia

    Homer Hadley Hickam Jr. (born February 19, 1943) is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a...  more
  • Claude A. Swanson14

    Claude A. Swanson

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 77 (1862-1939)

    BirthplaceSwansonville, Virginia, United States of America

    Claude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862 – July 7, 1939) was an American lawyer and Democratic...  more
  • Chet Culver15

    Chet Culver

    Politician, Teacher


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is an American politician who served as the...  more
  • Bruce Smith16

    Bruce Smith

    American football player


    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Bruce Bernard Smith (born June 18, 1963) is a former American football defensive end for the...  more

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  • Robert Coleman Richardson17

    AgeDec. at 76 (1937-2013)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Robert Coleman Richardson (June 26, 1937 – February 19, 2013) was an American experimental...  more
  • Pierson Prioleau18

    Pierson Prioleau

    American football player


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina

    Pierson Olin Prioleau [PEER-sun PRAY-low] (born August 6, 1977) is a former American football...  more
  • Jake Grove19

    Jake Grove

    American football player


    BirthplaceJohnson City, Tennessee

    Charles Jacob Grove (born January 22, 1980) is a former American college and professional...  more
  • Robert B. Pamplin20

    Robert B. Pamplin


    AgeDec. at 98 (1911-2009)

    BirthplaceDinwiddle County, Virginia

    Robert Boisseau Pamplin (November 25, 1911 – June 24, 2009) was an American businessman and...  more
  • John B. McKay21

    John B. McKay

    Pilot, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 53 (1922-1975)

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia

    John Barron McKay (December 8, 1922 – April 27, 1975) was an American naval officer, World War...  more
  • Darryl Tapp22

    Darryl Tapp

    American football player


    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia

    Darryl Anthony Tapp (born September 13, 1984) is an American football defensive end who is...  more
  • Robert C. Michelson23

    Robert C. Michelson

    Scientist, Engineer


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Robert C. Michelson (born 1951) is an American engineer and academic widely known for...  more
  • DeAngelo Hall24

    DeAngelo Hall

    American football player


    BirthplaceRockville, Maryland

    DeAngelo Eugene Hall (born November 19, 1983) is a former American football defensive back who...  more
  • Jimmy F. Williams25

    Jimmy F. Williams

    American football player


    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia

    James Franklin Williams, Jr. (born March 8, 1984) is a former American football cornerback who...  more